Bread Upma Recipe

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Bread Upma is a traditional South Indian recipe. It is a savory and tangy dish which can be served as a Breakfast or as a quick fix meal.

Bread Upma is made by cooking bread pieces in a spicy tempering made of chillies, onions, tomatoes, fresh curry leaves and mild spice powders. The dish tastes really delicious as the bread pieces soak up all the masala.

While bread upma is originally a south Indian dish, in last few decades, it has gained wider acceptance and liking in other parts too. It is traditionally served as breakfast but there is no bar enjoying it at any other time of the day.

Bread upma is frequently prepared as a breakfast in India. Use of bread makes this dish more interesting for adults and children alike.

This dish can also be packed in tiffin box for school going children who may find this savory dish more attractive than traditional Upma.

To make Bread Upma at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.

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Recipe Info



Cuisine: Indian

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Nutrition (per serving)



Carbohydrates: 28g

Protein: 7g

Ingredients For Bread Upma Recipe

  • 6 Slices for Bread
  • 1 Small Sized Onion
  • 1 Large Tomato
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • 2-3 Cloves of Garlic
  • ~1 inch piece of Ginger
  • 8-10 Curry Leaves (Kari Patta)
  • 1 Teaspoon Rai (Black Mustard Seeds)
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Asafoetida (Heeng)
  • 1/3 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
  • 1-2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 5-6 Sprigs of Coriander Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil

Step By Step Instructions With Photos for Bread Upma Recipe

  • Heat some oil in a pan or kadai. Add some Rai (Mustard Seeds) to it and let them splutter.

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  • Then add some Cumin Seeds (Jeera) to it and fry till they start to crackle. Also add a pinch of Asafoetida.

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  • Add finely chopped onions to the pan and fry them till they turn light golden brown.

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  • Then add a few curry leaves and fry them for a few seconds.

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  • Then add Ginger-Garlic paste along with finely chopped Green Chillies and fry them till they are cooked.

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  • Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook them till they become soft.

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  • Now add Salt, Turmeric Powder (Haldi) and Red Chilli Powder to the pan..

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  • Cut bread slices into small square pieces and add them to the pan. I have used brown bread here, but you can use any bread you like.

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  • Mix everything and coat the bread with the masala completely. Let it cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle some Lemon Juice and chopped coriander leaves on top. Mix everything well.

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  • Bread Upma is ready. Serve it hot for Breakfast or enjoy it as a snack at any time of the day.

    Bread Upma Recipe Step By Step Instructions

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Bread Upma is a delicious & spicy snack made by cooking bread in a tempering made of onion, tomato, green chillies, curry leaves and spices.

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Bread Upma Recipe

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